Regional Development Coordinator

Position: Regional Development Coordinator (Fundraiser)
Based at: CHOC Western Cape Office (Sybrand Park) 
Reports to: Regional Manager – Western Cape & Namakwa Region 
Purpose: To contribute to the financial sustainability of the region by assisting with the development of a fundraising strategy and actively contributing to the financial growth in the region to meet the annual income targets. 

Responsibilities: 

Fundraising and Donor Relationships: 

  1. To provide a financial sustainability of the region with the support the Regional Manager by maintaining and growing the donor database. 
  2. To build active relationships with potential and existing donors and stakeholders. 
  3. To assist with donor communication, requests, and acknowledgments. 
  4. To develop events and campaign strategies and plans to achieve regional and national campaign objectives. 
  5. To successful pre-plan and execute fundraising events and campaigns in collaboration with the Regional Manager, volunteers, CHOC Cows and relevant staff. 
  6. To develop comprehensive operating plans and budget for each event/campaign. 
  7. To co-ordinate the design and production of all event/campaign related marketing material in line with CHOC’s Corporate Identity as well relevant merchandise. To monitor, asses and report on events and campaigns fundraising status (pre, during and post-event/campaign). 
  8. To work in collaboration with the Regional Communication Assistant and National Events Coordinator to generate publicity for campaign. 

Development Strategy 

  1. To increase funding by creating and implementing a fundraising plan that details how the region solicits donors and identifies funding sources such as corporates, grants, foundations, schools, community organisations, in-kind donations, charitable events and marketing opportunities. 
  2. To share the fundraising plans with the Regional Manager for oversight and leadership. 

Public Relations: 

  1. To create regional marketing materials, social media and advertising campaigns as part of a public relations strategy. 
  2. To expand the brand visibility to target audiences through community relations, speaking engagements, newsletters, and charitable events in the region 

Corporate Volunteering 

  1. To develop and manage a regional corporate volunteering programme; 
  2. To liaise with regional staff in identifying corporate volunteering opportunities. 

General Administration, Data Management & Reporting: 

  1. To maintain Salesforce Database with timely updates of all records relating to donors, donations, campaigns, and events. 
  2. To prepare the monthly regional fundraising report regarding fundraising income and the Donor Pipeline and submit to the Regional Manager. 
  3. To submit weekly reports on the status of donors, events, and campaigns. 
  4. To provide input to the Regional Manager with the income section of the region’s annual budget. 
  5. To ensure that all CHOC policies and procedures are implemented and adhered to. 
  6. To undertake all responsibilities and tasks embracing CHOC’s values, ethos, and behaviours 
Applicant Requirements: 

Education: Suitably qualified candidate with a relevant bachelor’s degree. 

Experience: A minimum of 3 years corporate fundraising experience within a NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) as well as in but not limited to, public relations, prospecting, business development and negotiation. Persuasive writing, strong verbal communication and the ability to interact with company executives. 

Additional Training/Experience: High level computer literacy, excellent written and verbal communication skills, social media, research skills and high net worth networking. 

Skills and Attributes: Strong proven relationship building, and solicitation skills are important. Attention to detail, organizing skills, ability to work under pressure, creative and analytical skills, good interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to a wide range of corporate donors, strong planning skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines and function smoothly under strict deadlines and shifting priorities, strong team player who also works well independently. 

Other: Valid driver’s license essential. 

Salary in the range of R276 000 – R306 000 per annum, CHOC contributes towards a pension fund and medical aid after a successful probationary period. 

Interested candidates must send a motivation letter highlighting your suitability to the role, and a CV with contact details of three work-related referees to [email protected] and clearly indicate WC Regional Development Coordinator (Fundraiser) on the subject line. 

Closing date: 31 March 2024. Contact will only be made with shortlisted candidates. 

Regional Manager – Gauteng South Vacancy

 CHOC is looking for a Regional Manager (RM) for Gauteng South region, who will lead and manage the region, raise funds, raise awareness of childhood cancer, and promote CHOC and its programmes. The main KPAs include: 

Strategic leadership and management
  1. Develop the region by identifying new opportunities, identifying gaps, and leading initiatives to improve the quality and impact of our work. 
  2. Build strong relationships with all CHOC stakeholders (such as the doctors, beneficiaries and volunteers and donors), and partners, and to be seen as a leader in the childhood cancer field. 
  3. Maintain and improve existing donor, key, and other strategic relationships; and find, develop and keep new strategic and key partnerships and relationships. 
  4. Work with the Regional Committee Chair to develop the Regional Committee. 
  5. Report the needs, challenges, and strategic regional matters to the CEO and provide feedback and solutions. 
  6. Maintain and improve existing donor relationships – with corporates, individuals, or others. 
  7. Use networks, platforms, and various forums to build the CHOC brand, network and relationships. 
  8. Meet and exceed the fundraising targets set for the region. 
  9. Deepen relationships and partnerships with donors/supporters. • 
  10. Identify regional fundraising opportunities, events and campaigns and ensure they are implemented successfully. 
  11. Promote and market CHOC through various platforms and activities (including the media, social media, communication channels and material, and promotional events). 
  12. Manage all fundraising initiatives and campaigns. 
  13. Manage other systems, including Salesforce (donor and data management system). 
  14. Increase funding by creating and implementing a fundraising plan that shows how the region solicits donors and finds funding sources such as corporates, grants, foundations, schools, community organisation, in-kind donations, charitable events, and marketing opportunities. 
  15. Share the fundraising plans with the CEO for oversight and leadership. 
  16. Manage and develop strategic relationships, including the Department of Health, hospital management, hospital staff and organisation working in the field of childhood cancer. 
  17. Facilitate the development of committees, such as the regional committee, parental support groups, survivor groups, etc. • 
  18. Oversee the volunteer programme, including recruitment, training and maintenance of the volunteer programme. 
2. Fundraising, campaigns, and donor management 
  • Maintain and improve existing donor relationships – with corporates, individuals, or others.
  • Use networks, platforms, and various forums to build the CHOC brand, network and relationships.
  • Meet and exceed the fundraising targets set for the region.  Deepen relationships and partnerships with donors/supporters.
  • Identify regional fundraising opportunities, events and campaigns and ensure they are implemented successfully. 
  • Promote and market CHOC through various platforms and activities (including the media, social media, communication channels and material, and promotional events).
  • Manage all fundraising initiatives and campaigns.
  • Manage other systems, including Salesforce (donor and data management system).
  • Increase funding by creating and implementing a fundraising plan that shows how the region solicits donors and finds funding sources such as corporates, grants, foundations, schools, community organisation, in-kind donations, charitable events, and marketing opportunities.
  • Share the fundraising plans with the CEO for oversight and leadership. 
3. Networking and volunteer mobilisation Private and Confidential 
  • Manage staff well and guide them on their respective roles. 
  • Address and manage staff performance issues and disciplinary matters appropriately. 
  • Guide staff on all relevant CHOC policies. 
  • Identify training and development opportunities for the team. 
  • Create and promote a positive employee experience. 
  • Create a good working environment. 
  • Communicate all staff needs for the region with the HR Manager. 
  • Manage CHOC’s Core programmes to the required standards. These are the accommodation facility, the transport fund, the volunteer management programme, and practical support. 
  • To assist the national leaders with the regional implementation of national programmes, such as the Awareness training programme and psychosocial support. 
  • Manage and oversee other programmes as determined by CHOC’s strategic plan and Executive. 
4. Staff management 
  • Manage staff well and guide them on their respective roles.
  • Address and manage staff performance issues and disciplinary matters appropriately.
  • Guide staff on all relevant CHOC policies.  Identify training and development opportunities for the team.
  • Create and promote a positive employee experience.
  • Create a good working environment.
  • Communicate all staff needs for the region with the HR Manager. 
5. Programme Management 
  • Manage CHOC’s Core programmes to the required standards. These are the accommodation facility, the transport fund, the volunteer management programme, and practical support.
  • To assist the national leaders with the regional implementation of national programmes, such as the Awareness training programme and psychosocial support.
  • Manage and oversee other programmes as determined by CHOC’s strategic plan and Executive. 
6. Financial, office and general management 
  • To develop a realistic and achievable annual regional budget and to manage the budget according to CHOC’s Financial policies. 
  • To oversee the administration of the region. 
  • To ensure that all CHOC policies and procedures are implemented and adhered to. 
  • To ensure submission of accurate and timeous reports – financial, program and operational. 
  • To undertake other post-related duties as requested by the CEO.
    • To undertake all responsibilities and tasks embracing CHOC’s values, ethos, and behavior’s. A minimum of 5-8 years of general management experience, preferably in the NGO sector. 
    • Proven ability and experience in fundraising, staff management, and operations. 
    • High computer skills, especially in MS Office; and ideally in database systems (CRM), donor portals and social media platforms. 
    • Excellent English communication skills, both spoken and written. 
    • Strong management and organisational skills. 
    • Excellent interpersonal skills 
    • Critical thinking skills 
    • Good analytical skills with the ability to interpret data and devise action plans. 
    • Good with numbers and a basic understanding of accounting, financial management and reporting. 
    • Valid driver’s license is essential. 
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST 

Qualification: A recognised bachelor’s degree or National Diploma in any related field 

Experience and skills: 

Interested candidates must send a motivation letter highlighting your suitability to the role, and a CV with contact details of three work-related referees [email protected] 

Make a Difference This Festive Season

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Reflecting on 2023: A Year of Endless Opportunities and Inspirations

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CHOC CEO, Hedley Lewis

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In 2023, I discovered boundless opportunities for inspiration. The resilience exhibited by our patients and their families became a wellspring of motivation. Each day, the dedication of hospital executives, peadiatric oncologists, and our multidisciplinary team in their pursuit of the life-saving mission left me in awe.

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Amidst economic challenges, our donors demonstrated unwavering commitment, delving deep to provide crucial support. My heart swelled with gratitude for the tireless efforts of volunteers at the Board level, the compassionate contributions from The CHOC Cows, and the invaluable support from hospital volunteers who stood steadfastly by our side, enriching our collective capacity. Thank you to our CHOC Staff who make a difference every day and continue to fulfill their roles with incredible passion!

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To every individual who exceeded expectations, inspiring me and making an incredible difference in 2023, I extend heartfelt thanks on behalf of the entire CHOC family.
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​​​​​​​​​Your dedication has been the heartbeat of our shared mission.
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​​​​​​​​​Hedley Lewis
​​​​​​​​​CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA CEO

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Meet Kamohelo and his Shadow Buddy!

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Kamohelo, a brave 9-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in March. His treatment journey began at Universitas Hospital, but after careful consideration by the medical team, CHOC Regional Manager, and Social Worker, it was decided that Kamohelo and his mother would stay at the CHOC House during his treatment.

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Despite his condition, he loves exploring and participating in activities. His favorite pastime is organising all the scooters so that all the children can enjoy riding them. He’s a helpful young boy, always coming up with plans to make things easier for the house staff during cleaning. Additionally, he has taken an interest in learning other languages like Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa.
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​​​​​​​​​Social Worker Maria Mtonxa conducted a session with Kamohelo, using a shadow buddy to explain his diagnosis and explore his emotions. Initially, he felt very sick and scared during his hospital stay and treatment. However, now that he’s at the CHOC House, where he can play freely and be away from the restrictive hospital environment, Kamohelo is responding well to his treatment.
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Flip Flop Day 2024

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Stand together, shoulder to sole with Flippie by buying your sticker for R10 so that the brave children and teenagers of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa will never stand alone again in their fight against childhood cancer!

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MacSteel’s Generous Support Shines on Flip Flop Day 2023

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We extend our heartfelt gratitude to MacSteel for being a standout supporter of Flip Flop Day 2023! Your enthusiastic participation has truly made a significant impact, and we are thrilled to share the exciting ways in which your team contributed to the festivities.

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As staunch advocates for our cause and CHOC Gauteng South, MacSteel generously purchased 3000 stickers, amounting to a total value of R30,000. These stickers were thoughtfully distributed to all MacSteel Branches nationwide, fostering widespread engagement in our mission.

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MacSteel staff were encouraged to showcase their creativity by finding unique ways to wear their flip flops, sparking conversations about cancer awareness within their teams. The results were nothing short of fantastic, with standout performances from individuals who truly embraced the spirit of the day.
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​​​​​​​​​Thank you for making Flip Flop Day 2023 a resounding success, MacSteelers! Your dedication and enthusiasm have not only elevated the event but also contributed significantly to our ongoing efforts in the fight against cancer.We look forward to your continued support and participation in the years to come. 

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Our Flip Flop day is an event aimed at raising awareness about childhood cancer. We would be delighted to have many other companies join us in this noble cause. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer.

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Flip Flop Day is proudly supported by:
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CHOC Updates:

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Our Awareness Team trains the IMCI Coordinators
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​​​​​​​​​​​​Effective training can that children reach specialised treatment centers, ensuring they receive timely and effective treatment, along with access to vital medication and care. Our team recently provided training to IMCI Coordinators across all five Health Districts in Gauteng. This training initiative was collaboratively organised by CHOC and the Gauteng Department of Health.
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Thank you to the donors in KZN

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​​​​​​​​​​​​CHOC expresses gratitude to the KwaZulu-Natal Deeds Registry Office and the KwaZulu-Natal Surveyor General for their generous support in bringing hope and dignity to children diagnosed with cancer.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​The team successfully raised a total of R3100 through various fundraising initiatives.
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Thank you to the SAPPI Women of Worth Team

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Our sincere appreciation goes out to the SAPPI Women of Worth team for their invaluable support during our Give Some Hope campaign in September. Under the leadership of their CFO, Pramy Moodley, and Community Relations Lead, Zee Zeka Ngcamu, the team successfully raised R5000 to contribute to bringing hope to children battling cancer.
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Well done to The CHOC Cows

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​​​​​​​​​​​​MOOSIVE THANK MOO to each and every super cow, donor and supporter who completed the 947 Ride Joburg this year!
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​​​​​​​​​​​​Thank you for supporting our cause and being AMOOZING. Ride Joburg wouldn’t be the same without each and every one of you! 
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There is still time to make a difference this year! 

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The festive season brings a time of warmth, togetherness, and joy – a moment when families gather, and hearts overflow with gratitude and hope. It is a season of giving, a time when our souls resonate with the spirit of generosity and kindness.

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For many children, celebrating the holidays at home surrounded by their loved ones is a cherished idea. At CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, our mission is simple yet profound: to bring smiles to the faces of these young warriors by reuniting them with their families during this special time.

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We understand the significance of these moments and the hurdles many families encounter in making these reunions possible. Transport expenses can pose a substantial barrier, hindering the possibility of these children reuniting with their families during the holidays. That’s where we seek your support.

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Your generosity can transform the lives of these brave young souls. Your donation will help cover the costs of transportation, ensuring that these children, along with their caregivers, can journey home safely to spend precious moments with their families. It’s a gift of love, hope, and the creation of everlasting memories that these children will treasure for a lifetime.
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Be the Light this Festive Season

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Childhood cancer presents an incredibly challenging path, one that is almost beyond comprehension. The idea of children and their families waking up and depending on battery-powered lanterns in such circumstances should also be inconceivable. Yet, in the face of our current challenges, this is the stark reality.

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CHOC has 13 home-away-from-home facilities that offer a safe, comfortable, and homely environment for the families during the lengthy and stressful cancer treatment phase. However, these facilities face the challenge of frequent power outages due to load-shedding, which affects the quality of life and comfort of the families.

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To address this problem, CHOC launched a solar campaign to install solar panels at its accommodation facilities. The solar panels provide a reliable and sustainable source of power for the CHOC houses, ensuring that the lights stay on even during load-shedding. The solar power also reduces the electricity bills and the carbon footprint of the facilities, making them more environmentally friendly.

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To donate towards this campaign, please click here.

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Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a difference and helps us bring light and hope to these children and their families.

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Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Together, we can make this holiday season a memorable one for these children and their families.

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Our mailing address is: ​​​​​​​​​​​​CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation ​​​​​​​​​​​​45 Homestead Road ​​​​​​​​​​​​The Avenues Office Park ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Syringa Building ​​​​​​​​​​​​Rivonia ​​​​​​​​​​​​2128

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NR Regional Coordinator Position

CHOC CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION SOUTH AFRICA
AREA: CHOC NORTHERN REGION (CENTURION)
POSITION: REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REPORT TO: REGIONAL MANAGER NR
START DATE: 01 May 2021 

MAIN PURPOSE: To coordinate and provide the necessary administrative, financial and database that also include support of fundraising initiatives where needed. Together with the members of the Northern Region team, to take CHOC’s work forward by maintaining an effective and well-organised regional office. The incumbent’s job description is not limited to the following.

THE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE:

 Administrative Duties:

  • Provide office administrative assistance
  • Keep the database and coordination of documentation up to date.
  • Check daily all incoming e-mails, to distribute as necessary and take action on those responsible for.
  • Take minutes of staff meetings, and send draft for RM’s approval and distribute when approved
  • Maintain a staff register
  • Ensure that all papers are filed appropriately and to maintain staff files
  • Collate and update Salesforce data
  • Calculate monthly savings on donations received and submit to head office
  • To carry out stock control once a month and inventory preparation for RM once a year
  • Ensure electronic equipment are in working order. This includes the fax; telephone; printer
  • Accurate stock control is done once a month and inventory preparation for RM once a year. Clean audit at all times.
  • CRM data were accurately collated on Salesforce.

 Financial Duties:

  • Undertake the day-to-day financial work and loading on Fraxion.
  • Receive all cash donations, issue receipts, and prepare thank you letters
  • Receive and record sales revenue, issues receipts and secure safety of revenue
  • Maintain the petty cash books and arrange for monies to be banked as necessary.
  • To distribute and record the Transport and Bereavement Funds to parent/care-givers
  • To prepare cashbook and cash flow report monthly for the RM to be checked and then submitted to Head Office
  • Manage the counting of tin monies
  • Manage the jumble sale
  • The cashbook and PC is collated monthly for Northern Region
  • Manage office supplies and equipment and undertake stock control and co-ordinate inventories

 Support Programs, Marketing and Awareness Events:

  • Provide assistance with CHOC’s support programs
  • Assist with the participation of national campaign at regional level by ensuring the campaign plan (that was drawn up with RM input) is implemented. Assist with any enquiries surrounding the event/campaign.
  • Assist with the public relations tasks to promote the event or campaign as per PR plan drawn up with RM input;
  • Assist with fundraising and awareness events
  • Assist with identifying potential donors and other stakeholders.
  • Undertake Salesforce input
  • Order and distribute branding material.

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST 

Qualification: Grade 12 with an administration, finance and office management related qualification.

Experience and skills:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in general administration and book keeping preferably in the NGO
  • High computer literacy, particularly in MS Office; and preferably in database systems (CRM),
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is essential, as well as fluency in English and Afrikaans.
  • Strong administration, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Good with figures and a basic understanding of accounting, financial management and reporting.
  • A valid unendorsed South African driver’s license is essential.

Attributes:

  • A team player who also works well independently
  • A strong work ethic; accuracy; accountability; honesty & integrity; a master at time management; good interpersonal skills; strong alignment with CHOC’s mission and values; radiate professionalism; A highly motivated individual with a willingness to take initiative and responsibility.

Salary in the range of R180 000 – R204 000 per annum, CHOC makes a contribution towards a pension fund and medical aid after a successful probationary period.

To apply submit your application together with supporting documents with the names and contact details of at least three recent referees to reach [email protected] (subject line state: NR REGIONAL COORDINATOR) no later than 19TH March 2021:

A different type of Isolation

A Different Kind of Isolation | CHOC Survivor Parent Story

A different type of Isolation

A Different Kind of Isolation | CHOC Survivor Parent Story

In isolation yet again, but this time with the whole world having a greater understanding of what it’s like to live with an ever-present uncertainty, panic and fear. Seth (7) fought Leukemia for 3 years (a cancer of the white blood cells, which are the cells that help fight infection), completing his treatment 8 months ago.

What many people don’t know is that post-chemo, the body’s immune system is still repairing itself. Vaccinations which are the most important tool to prevent infectious diseases, may also have their  efficacy impacted due to chemotherapy; which is an induced immune suppressor. This paints a pretty scary picture with the introduction of COVID-19, and more so for those still in the fight. Many children are severely at risk with the need to still receive treatment within environments that present possible exposure, and with the limitations of lockdown, the necessary support and care to children, teens and families in need is also compromised.

From our family to yours, we appeal to you to please open your hearts and support CHOC Childhood Cancer foundation so they can continue to offer their life saving services; including the psychosocial support required in an ever changing and emotional climate. #StayHome.

Melissa Kruger

The reality for families facing childhood cancer

CHOC Taryn Ulster Story

The reality for families facing childhood cancer during a world wide pandemic

CHOC Taryn Ulster Story

Craig is in remission and has been for a while and so he isn’t at any more risk than anyone else as far as Covid-19 goes… As a coping mechanism I didn’t really allow myself to think about what if this had happened then? What kind of state would we have found ourselves in? But that’s just it, isn’t it? There are families like that right now…

I was just scrolling through my google Photos album and I saw a memory from two years ago come up and I found myself in tears…

As I clicked on it, it took me right back there, right back to Craig with no hair or eyebrows, while externally he was just a skinny little bald boy with no eyebrows or eyelashes, but almost always smiling, even when on paper his results showed that he shouldn’t “look” so happy and fine, internally there was so much more going on, a port-o-cath in his chest, just under the skin, but all you saw was a little pipe, that same little pipe that fed chemotherapy straight to his main artery, to his heart and pumped through his body. He basically had no immune system or much to speak of anyway, he often had low platelets, low white cell count and more, in a normal white cell range of 6.00 – 16.00 his was 0.18, in a normal platelet range of 180 – 440 his was 17 (this is an example of one of his actual lab reports). My point is, that even though he is fine now and his immune system is that of any child his age, pretty darn great actually since he almost never gets sick, there are so many more “Craigs from two years ago” out there, now, and to make childhood cancer and chemotherapy even more daunting, it’s during this terrifying Covid-19 Pandemic.

Realising that now as I scrolled through the pictures brought me to tears, thinking about all the little boys and girls in treatment with often severely compromised immune systems, right now, during Covid-19 pandemic, it terrifies me to even think about it. If this had happened two years ago, what would that have meant for us? It probably would’ve meant that I would be in lockdown at home, 7-8 months pregnant and with my two other kids while Jonathan was with Craig at the hospital for 5 weeks 24/7 instead of only 3-5 days at a time, and I wouldn’t be allowed to even visit. If you know a little about our story and Craig’s journey then you’d know that Craig was very attached to Jonathan, daddy was his world and mommy existed in it, he never called for me when he needed comforting, he called for daddy, we had our special moments but daddy was number one, because his baby brother Joel was still breastfeeding and I was pregnant. Jonathan always stayed overnight and I stayed during the day while Jonathan went to work, it really did work out that it was that way because I would’ve been heartbroken if Craig cried for me and I honestly couldn’t stay overnight with him, considering, so it really was a blessing that it worked for us that way. But if it was with this virus and lockdown, it would’ve meant that none of us would see Craig or Jonathan for the duration. That said, even then, two years ago, without Covid-19, social distancing and the National Lockdown, our family was in our own Lockdown anyway. We couldn’t go to malls, indoor play centres, church or crowded spaces and he missed several birthday party invitations too, it was too high risk for Craig because his body would potentially not be able to handle getting even the simple flu. Emotionally it took its toll, praying we had been cautious enough so that he didn’t pick up any colds or flu, a simple cough lingered far longer than we’d liked and took a lot more antibiotics than we’d like to have administered to get rid of it. Now, with this super flu virus plaquing the world it is so much more scary for someone with cancer, that fear and anxiety that some of us are living with during Covid-19, I’m sure is so much harder to bear when you have a child with basically no immune system, that you’re worrying about. Yet, that is exactly what some families are facing, on top of something as horrid as childhood cancer and chemotherapy, now the threat of Corona Virus is added to it too. But, it’s happening, and it’s for those children and those families that we all need to just stay home and stop the spread of Covid-19.

Now that I’ve put a face and family to what is happening to so many right now, doesn’t it just hit you a little harder? Make it a little more “real”? Because that is a reality for families facing childhood cancer right now, they just don’t have the platform to share it. But I do, and so I’m sharing this here now to make all of you aware of those children and families. Thanks to organisations like CHOC who make their situations a little easier, take the stress off just a little, and make life a little better to handle through the support during their family’s childhood cancer battle.

Taryn Ulster

http://3boysandalilmiss.co.za/

Psychosocial Support

Caring for yourself while on cancer treatment

The children and teenagers CHOC serves are amongst the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their families are also effected emotionally and have their own fears and concerns.

If you are affected by childhood cancer and need psychosocial or practical support please know that CHOC is here for you. Please complete the form. One of our CHOC social workers will be in contact with you to see how we can provide assistance or make an appropriate referral. Please also share with any families you know who may need assistance.